House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler warned Attorney General William Barr in a letter Friday that Democrats will initiate contempt proceedings unless the Justice Department releases the full version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
The two developments ensured that Barr, Mueller and his report will remain in sharp focus next week in Washington, where Congress and Trump are on a collision course over investigations being led by Nadler and other committee leaders. "So I'd rather have Mueller", she told NPR.
Richard Blumenthal pointed out that Mueller did not mention the press in his March 27 letter.
But Barr, who called Mueller's letter "a little bit snitty", said Mueller's reaction was different in a follow-up phone conversation.
"Bill Barr is the attorney general of the United States and I think people should start showing him a little respect", Conway reportedly said. Nor would it guarantee criminal charges against Mr. Barr: House approval of the contempt citation would send a criminal referral to the USA attorney for the District of Columbia, a Justice Department official who is likely to defend the attorney-general.
Calls for Barr's resignation erupted across the Democratic Party this week after he testified before the Senate and rebuffed the House twice, first by denying Democrats a full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, and then by skipping a hearing to review it.
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"Yes, when the Attorney General lies to Congress it is a crime". In particular, they have zeroed in on Barr's handling of the report's release, alleging that he is biased toward the president in his presentation of the report in his initial four-page summary of its conclusions.
"I said, 'Bob, what's with the letter?"
The lawmakers said the rules of the bar in both Virginia and the District of Columbia, where Mr. Barr as admitted to practice, require candidness from all lawyers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused Barr of lying to Congress, a slanderous charge that has many of her colleagues calling for Barr's impeachment-even jail time! Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called Ms. Pelosi's accusation "reckless, irresponsible and false".
It's possible that Barr could block Mueller from appearing, since the special counsel is still a Justice Department employee.
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, one of Trump's staunchest critics in Congress, said during an acrimonious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report on Wednesday. "At this point, I don't believe anything Barr says".
The same committee now wants to talk to Mueller. Graham has been firm that he would not bring Mueller in to testify about the investigation, but he said at the end of Wednesday's hearing he would instead write to Mueller to give him the chance to respond. As recounted by The Hill, he twisted himself into a pretzel, observing - try to follow this - that the attorney general "probably misled" Congress and thus "he's got a problem". although this purported dissembling didn't really seem to be, you know, an actual "lie" so. maybe it's not a problem after all.